The Optimist: One Man's Search for the Brighter Side of LifePaperback
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- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 20mm | 240g
- Publication date: 7 January 2010
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1847671284
- ISBN 13: 9781847671288
- Edition statement: Main
- Sales rank: 557,645
Collapsing stock markets, melting ice caps, floods, tornadoes, terrorism ...When it comes to bad news, we've never had it so good. Perhaps it is time to be a little more optimistic? That's what Laurence Shorter decided. And that's why he set himself the challenge of meeting the world's most cheerful people. Surely with the help of Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson and Bill Clinton, Laurence can find the secret to inner happiness. But first things first - how on Earth is he going to get to meet them?
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Laurence Shorter worked in the business world for a decade before making the move into writing and comedy in 2001. Since then he has done a one-man show at the Edinburgh Festival, written for the BBC, Channel 4, the Independent, Observer and opendemocracy.net, and toured some of the capital's finest pubs as a comedy dancer. Laurence was born in New York and raised in Edinburgh. Today he lives in South London.
'Learning how Richard Branson remains eternally cheerful or how a Buddhist monk became known as 'the happiest man in the world' is pretty inspiring.' Metro